The Post Office Project
The Post Office Project

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About Us

We have established a research team with expertise in lawyers’ ethics (Moorhead); miscarriages of justice (Helm); and organisational culture and ethical behaviour (Nokes) to take this work forward.

Richard Moorhead

Richard Moorhead is Professor of Law and Professional ethics, the University of Exeter and Honorary Professor of Law at UCL. A former solicitor he has spent his career researching lawyers and legal services, and has conducted research for the LSB, SRA, Law Society, Civil Justice Council, Ministry of Justice and others. He runs the influential lawyerwatch.blog and the project’s substack on Thoughts on the Post Office Scandal. He is a member of the Department of Business and Trade’s Advisory Board on Horizon Compensation Schemes.

Karen Nokes

Dr. Karen Nokes is a lecturer at UCL Faculty of Laws. A former solicitor, Karen spent many years in legal regulation where she focused on compliance and the investigation of professional misconduct. Karen now harnesses insights from psychology, alongside business, and management to explore  the psychological processes of judgment and decision-making within organisations and institutions, with a particular interest in the professions and professional ethics.

Sally Day

Dr. Sally Day is a Research Fellow at the University of Exeter and a criminologist, with a profile centred on the critical examination of state-corporate and safety crimes. A central theme of her work is survivorship and resistance strategies to state-corporate harms, focusing on the 1989 Hillsborough disaster in the UK and 2010 Pike River mine disaster in NZ. Sally uses in-depth, qualitative methods to explore experiences of state corporate victimisation in a political climate of denial, collusion, and cover-up.

Rebecca Helm

Dr. Rebecca Helm is an Associate Professor at the University of Exeter Law School and a UKRI future leaders fellow. She is an expert in the field of psychology and law and using quantitative methodology to examine the legal system. Her research examines how legal procedures work in practice, and how changing aspects of procedure can enhance the ability of the justice system to achieve normative goals including reducing miscarriages of justice.

Paul Gilbert

A critical part of the project involves engaging with experienced lawyers and similar working with commercial organisations. We are working with Paul Gilbert, former General Counsel, and longstanding Director of LBC Wise Counsel on that engagement.

We are also assisted by our Advisory Group

Dame Vera Baird KC, Victims Commissioner until 2022 and  former Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria (2012-19); a renowned criminal barrister, MP, and former Solicitor General.

Tony Edwards – A leading criminal defence practitioner, now retired. Whilst in practise he was author of Blackstone’s Magistrates’ Court and Police Station Handbooks and (with Roger Ede) Criminal Defence: Good Practice in the Criminal Courts (Law Society 2017); he is a former member of the Sentencing (Guidelines) Council.

Mehrunnisa Lalani, Director Of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (Interim) at Manchester University. Lay Partner, Health Education England; Leicester City Council Independent Remuneration Panel, Independent Member; United Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, Non-Executive Director;, Leicestershire and Rutland Police and Crime Panel, Independent Member. Mehrunnisa has also worked for the SRA.

Professor Joan Loughrey – Dean, School of Law, Queen’s University Belfast. Joan researches accountability and regulation in the context of the legal profession and corporate governance; director’s duties, particularly the duty of care; and corporate litigation, with particular expertise in the corporate sector of the profession and large law firms, and in legal professional regulation.

Professor Alan Paterson OBE, FRSE, FRCP Edin, FAcSS, Scottish solicitor (non-practising) – a leading researcher on judges, lawyers and access to justice. Most germane of his roles, he is Director of the Centre for Professional Legal Studies at Strathclyde University (Scotland’s first think tank on Access to Justice and the legal profession), sits on the Regulatory Committee of the Law Society of Scotland ( LSS), and serves as a professional adviser to the LSS and the Scottish Legal Aid Board on assessing the quality of legal aid lawyers. He was a member of the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission and has written extensively on professional ethics.

Crispin Passmore – Consultant, formerly Solicitors Regulation Authority, Executive Director, Legal Services Board, Strategy Director, and executive Director of the Legal Services Commission. He is also an experienced non-executive director.

Professor Dominic Regan. Civil Procedure Rules expert trainer and consultant, Solicitor (Non-Practising), Professor of Law at City Law School, Director of Knowledge, Frenkel  Topping. He has served as consultant to government, businesses, and law firms and as an adviser to Sir Rupert Jackson, the Court of Appeal judge responsible for leading civil justice reform as well as on the Fixed Costs Rules implementation.

John Sutherland – John Sutherland is a senior adviser at the FCA, specialising in corporate governance and culture. His executive career was in UK retail banking before becoming a senior adviser at the UK financial regulators. Whilst at the PRA he was seconded to the support team of the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards. He is on the audit committee of the European Investment Bank and is Chair of Risk Committee, Darlington Building Society. He is an Honorary Fellow at the University of Exeter and a published author.

Jenifer Swallow – Consultant, formerly General Counsel of a Fintech Business and recently CEO of the government-backed initiative LawtechUK, She advises and coaches tech founders and GCs on legal and strategy matters.